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  1. Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro. An “Artificial Friend” observes the world in great detail from the window of her store, until the family of a gifted child brings her home to demonstrate the limits of humanity up close.
  2. Circe by Madeline Miller. The often-overlooked mythic Greek witch is granted the attention she has always deserved in this retelling of love, loss and female rage.
  3. The Guest List by Lucy Foley. Guests converge on a remote island for the wedding of the season, but when someone winds up dead and secrets and resentments abound, everyone is a suspect.
  4. Run, Rose, Run by Dolly Parton and James Patterson. A country singer on the rise flees a dark past to start anew in Nashville. Parton accompanies this thriller with a new album by the same name.
  5. Old Friend from Far Away: The Practice of Writing Memoir by Natalie Goldberg. Goldberg teaches readers to acquaint themselves with the corners of their minds that hold detailed, sensory memories and to authentically translate these experiences into words.
  6. My Year of Rest and Relaxation: A Novel by Ottessa Moshfegh. An orphaned 20-something living off her inheritance induces a series of comas to fill the void that her youth, beauty, Ivy League education and chic job cannot.
  7. When I Grow Up: The Lost Autobiographies of Six Yiddish Teenagers by Ken Krimstein. Krimstein employs graphic biography to retell Eastern European essay contest contributions hidden from the world since the brink of World War II.
  8. Cloud Cuckoo Land: A Novel by Anthony Doerr. Dedicated to “the librarians then, now, and in the years to come,” Cloud Cuckoo Land connects narratives from 15th-century Constantinople, present day Idaho and the not-so-distant-future on an interstellar spaceship by the text each set of characters fights to keep alive.
  9. The Thursday Murder Club: A Novel by Richard Osman. Four septuagenarians gather weekly to discuss local crime, but their hobby intensifies when murder strikes the retirement village and they take it upon themselves to find the killer.
  10. People We Meet on Vacation by Emily Henry. Best friends Poppy and Alex carve out different paths after college but resolve to take a week-long vacation together every year. Follow their lives and relationship with each other as they transform over 12 vacations.

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